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Shakespeare scholar, nuclear astrophysicist offer inspiring advice to FSU’s Fall 2021 graduates 

“Remember, we all have the potential to be Peter Pans in this world who never get old and never stop asking questions,” he said.

Hanna Franz, from Naples, Florida, graduated Friday with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences with a minor in Earth, Oceanic, and Atmospheric Sciences. She plans to attend law school next fall in hopes of landing a job in environmental law.

“Walking at the prom this fall is a great way to wrap up the last 3 1/2 years in Florida,” Franz said. “With so many things we haven’t gotten to during the pandemic, I’m glad we got to have that celebration.”

Kiel Carriger, originally from Midland, Texas, graduated Friday with a master’s degree in accounting from business school. As a former member of FSU’s swimming team, she will begin her career at an accounting firm in Tampa next summer.

Kiel Carriger graduated Friday with a master’s degree in accounting from the College of Business.

“People are definitely what I’m going to miss the most (about FSU),” Krieger said. “I learned here that it really takes a village to succeed. Everything I have been able to achieve here is due to the support of my wonderful teachers, coaches and friends. It is a bit bittersweet and I am surprised to leave my friends but at the same time I am excited to open this next chapter” .

Fatimah Kazia, a first-generation student from Bhatkal, India, received her Bachelor’s degree from the College of Social Work in less than 3 and a half years. She credits FSU for providing the resources necessary to her success, such as the Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE), which provides preparation programming and academic support for first-generation college students.

“The opening ceremony is a memory for me and my loved ones,” said Kazia. “Being from an immigrant family, I am a first generation student and will be the first in my family to graduate from a university. Every step of the march at the Fall 2021 commencement ceremony will be emotionally heavy for me.”

Kazia said that FSU’s diverse student body was an integral part of her experience.

“With students from all over the world, and diverse backgrounds and cultures, FSU welcomes everyone with open arms,” she said. “The diversity at FSU leads to the many beautiful bonds it had the last time I graduated.”

La Quanta Rozier is the Associate Director for Finance and Administration at the University of Vosovo School of Medicine. She is also the proud holder of two postgraduate degrees from FSU after obtaining her master’s degree in accounting to proceed to her MBA in 2015.

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